We Can Help with Maternal Mental Health

We Can Help with Maternal Mental Health

Calendar-IconMay 12, 2021

Maternal Mental Health Program

Child Focus provides specialized treatment to promote maternal mental health wellbeing. Women may experience a range of mental health symptoms anytime during pregnancy and up to one year following birth. Therapy services are available to Clermont County and Hamilton County residents and provided in-office, in-home or via telehealth to meet the individual needs of families. Click here for the flyer.

What are the warning signs and symptoms?

1 in 7 new mother’s experience depression and anxiety. Some of the most common symptoms reported include:

·          Increased crying or tearfulness

·          Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed

·          Difficulty concentrating

·          Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy

·          Loss of appetite

·          Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

·          Panic attacks, nervousness or anxiety

·          Feeling worthless, hopeless, or overly guilty

·          Fearing you cannot care for your baby

·          Less energy and motivation to do things previously enjoyed

·          Irrational thinking

·          Disturbing, unusual, or intrusive thoughts

Who is eligible for services?

·          Pregnant mothers and mothers with children under the age of 12 months.

·          Women whom have experienced prenatal or neonatal loss

·          Depression/Anxiety symptoms lasting more than 2 weeks.

·          Not currently receiving mental health treatment by another provider

What to expect in treatment?

A diagnostic assessment will be completed and treatment goals will be developed with the mother to help meet individual needs. Treatment services typically last 6-9 months and can take place in your home, Child Focus offices or via Telehealth. Below are some common topics covered:

·         Current stressors and triggers

·         Self-care strategies

·         Communication skills

·         Attachment/relationships

·         Self esteem

·         Positive parenting

How do I start services?

Submit a completed Maternal Mental Health Referral form by fax to 513.753.2144 or by email to referral@child-focus.org.  For questions or more information about Child Focus Maternal Mental Health Program, contact the Mental Health in Early Childhood Program Coordinator at 513.752.1555.